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How do I check man pages for what single parameter of the command does?

Example: I am using tar -zxvf command but I don't know what 'x' stands for. How can I check this single parameter without having to scroll all the way through man tar?
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Man folders and MANPATH

This thread What do the numbers in a man page mean? answers the question of the significance of the numbers between parentheses within a man page. My question is related. I have a local installation ...
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Why do Unix man pages use double backticks in place of double quotes?

I've noticed that man pages and other documents formatted by Unix utilities often use double backticks `` followed by double single quotes '' to wrap quoted phrases instead of the double quote ...
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Debian - install missing man pages?

I run RaspBMC - a distro based on Raspbian, that's a custom minimal Debian for the Raspberry Pi. If I recall correctly, the man utility is NOT installed by default with RaspBMC (although I may be ...
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convert man output to ebook format

I can convert man output to PDF. First, man -t grep >grep.ps (grep is just an example; I am not looking for mobile version of grep man page). Then Adobe Distiller converts PostScript to PDF. ...
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man path and 'man foo' vs. 'man -k foo'

I have a set of man pages in a non-standard location; however, the location is on my MANPATH (and I verified this with man --path). When I do man fst-infl (where fst-infl has a man page in this ...
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Why “man CMD” shows nothing?

After I ran man ls, it shows: Man: find all matching manual pages * ls (1) ls (1p) Man: What manual page do you want? Man: After I entered "1", it shows nothing but "Manual page ls(1) ...
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Auto continuous scrolling of man output

When I execute man foo the terminal shows only the first page and then pauses. Then I have to manually press the keys to scroll here and there. After executing man foo how do I get an output which is ...
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How do you output an info page to pdf?

If man -t ls | ps2pdf - > ls.pdf is useful for outputting the ls man page via ps2pdf to pdf, what about info pages? I've tried something like the following but with no success: info -o info | ...
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How can I use man without less?

By default, man uses less to output text. How can I tell it to just output to stdout? My terminal emulator has a scroll bar and search function and I want to use those instead of the arrow keys.
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SDK for Developer

Is there any SDK for developers under Linux? I mean more than man pages, it would be more like MSDN Library or Windows SDK under windows, where all documentation about programming and developer guide ...
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Where to search for more info if I don't have Internet?

For example, I was reading setuid man page today. It says: If the effective UID of the caller is root, the real UID and saved set-user-ID are also set. I don't know what set-user-ID is. How can ...
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manpages for my kindle?

I'd like to read unix manpages on my kindle. I know I can just redirect the man output to a file and give it a .txt extension. But is there a convenient way to convert them en masse to a format with ...
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How do I know which library and man page will be found first?

With binaries, I can always do which foo to know which binary I am invoking with $ foo, but what about man pages? Is there a way to know the path of the man page will be loaded by default? Similarly, ...
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How should man pages be installed?

When distributing a custom utility I'll typically write a makefile that installs binaries to /usr/local by default PREFIX ?= /usr/local MANPREFIX ?= ${PREFIX}/man install: install utility ...
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head command options and reading man files

I have two environments: Mac and Linux. I wonder about the head command: it can show just 2 lines of text if I invoke it like so: vim --version | head -2 I saw this online and ran to the man page ...
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How do I make the 'man' utility as comprehensive as ss64.com?

The 'man' utility that comes with a Debian distro is not as comprehensive as ss64.com, and in environment like cygwin, it is even more so. Is there a software or a script that will make my 'man' more ...
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Using symbolic links and git to manage build versions

In general I follow the following workflow when I build any program (e.g. emacs, tmux, etc.) /home/opt/[name of the program]/builds/[version]/ bin lib share For example for a program like tmux I ...
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Why does “User Contributed Perl Documentation” show up when I look for 'man' pages

When I man -f <some string> in addition to the expected Unix man pages, I get a bunch of odd looking entries that all have the header "User Contributed Perl Documentation". For example man ...
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What does the number mean in a man page? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: What do the numbers in a man page mean? If I typeman ls, I seeLS(1) in the top left and top right corners of the manpage. I also see programs on the internet being ...
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How is the path to search for 'man' pages set?

I'm puzzled by how the path used for finding man pages is set. The "right thing" seems to happen magically. For example, if change my PATH from ...
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How do the various configuration files determine MANPATH on Darwin?

On Darwin (12.2.0, OS X 10.8.2, bash 3.2.48(1)) my MANPATH appears to be determined by my PATH rather than by the various configuration files associated with man and the man path, /etc/manpaths, ...
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How does “man” restore the screen when I quit the program?

If I open a man page of a program like cat or ls, it prints (may not be the appropriate word) the contents of the man page and when I press q, it shows the screen just like before invoking the man ...
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How do I better read man pages?

How do I search man pages for options? I currently do this: /-<option> Example: To see what grep -i does, I do this: man grep and then /-i. Or, I can do this: man grep | grep .-i Is ...
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Emacs mode for man pages

I'm translating man pages, and have run in to a few problems with Emacs. How do you specify language? (With man, it looks like this man -Lsv shutdown for the Swedish "sv" subdirectory, if ...
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What does this tcpdump line means?

Reading the manpage of tcpdump I found this example tcpdump 'tcp[tcpflags] & (tcp-syn|tcp-fin) != 0 and not src and dst net localnet' but I don't understand it, especially the last part. The ...
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What means the “integer argument” in system call descriptions? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: What do the numbers in a man page mean? All system calls described in manpages have an associated number such as exec(3). What is the meaning of this number?
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man gives the error about locale

I have $ locale LANG=en_GB.UTF-8 LC_CTYPE=ru_RU.UTF-8 LC_NUMERIC=en_GB.UTF-8 LC_TIME=en_GB.UTF-8 LC_COLLATE=ru_RU.UTF-8 LC_MONETARY=ru_RU.UTF-8 LC_MESSAGES=en_GB.UTF-8 LC_PAPER=ru_RU.UTF-8 ...
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On Ubuntu Linux, is it normal for mandb to run continuously (apparently in the background)?

I have access to a Ubuntu Linux node at my institution. The nodes are shared among the group, but typically I am the only person who uses this particular node. I am running a calculation in parallel ...
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How can you change the format command used by man?

I'd like to define a new command that prints man pages to PostScript, but using a page size different than the default. For example, on Mac OS X you can run man -t ls | open -f -a Skim to open the ...
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how to word wrap, align text like the output of man?

what is the command that word wraps and justifies a text file so that the output looks like that of a man page: All of these system calls are used to wait for state changes in a child ...
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Copying man pages from tmux copy mode

I am in xterm on Pangolin, inside a tmux session, in copy mode. I am trying to copy the text of a man page but what I yank into the clipboard by using the simple vi bindings of spacebar/enter is text ...
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unixODBC documentation / manpage?

Just wondering if there is any official documentation for unixODBC, e.g. how the configuration files have to look like and what parameters they expect? (I am using only a shell, no GUI) Even ...
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Where is tcl-doc man page stored?

I installed tcl-doc. Prior to installation "man tcl" gave nothing. Now it gives a page. When I do "dpkg -L tcl-doc" I get /. /usr /usr/share /usr/share/doc /usr/share/doc/tcl-doc ...
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How do you output a list of all man pages in a particular section?

A man page for fork, for example, is in the System Calls section that has number 2: man 2 fork How do you see what else is section 2 without resorting to Google?
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How do I localize man pages for chinese?

Doing the prerequisite google search didn't turn up anything: I'm looking for a way to install and use localized chinese versions of the man pages (assuming there is some localized package somewhere). ...
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attr man page missing?

How does one search for certain manpages (such as http://linux.die.net/man/5/attr)? Trying: man attr and man -K attr don't seem to work. Any ideas why?
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National characters in manpages

I am trying to get a proper display of national characters with FreeBSD man. I have tried running the following on 8.1 and 9.0: # PAGER=less LANG="pl_PL.UTF-8" man -d -M. ./man.1 -- Using ...
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Dynamically reformatting man pages on terminal dimension changes

One common workflow of mine is to open a manual page in a terminal, then another terminal in which to test things. The man page is formatted to the initial dimensions of the first terminal. When I now ...
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Nested lists in man page

I have a command line parameter that takes a number of flags afterwards, which I would like to have as a list inside the parameter list in the man page. Currently I am simply making lines of Flag - ...
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About the command and the number in the man [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: What do the numbers in a man page mean? such as: http://www.postfix.org/qmgr.8.html The qmgr(8) daemon awaits t what's the meaning of 8? just don't know it.
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Can I create a man page for a script? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: How can I add man page entries for my own power tools? Most (if not all) Linux commands have their man pages that describe their usage options etc. Can I create similar ...
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Call man in bash shell for command under cursor

In zsh I can do Esc h for any command, get man page for this command, quit from the man pager and get my command back with all arguments. For example in my shell is entered: zsh# tar -czvf docs.tgz ...
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How do I find the relevant command for something in linux?

For example, say I'm trying to find the command that displays the routing table (like route) or to run a traceroute, but I don't actually know the commands that accomplish this. My understanding is ...
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On Unix how do I get the output from the diff command to look like a man page? Where I can press 'b' or 'f' to read further or back?

You know how when you use the man command to read the manual (e.g. man ls) and you get output that is paginated that you can read from top to bottom by pressing 'f' to go read further down and 'b' to ...
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Differences between man pages

I often find myself reading man pages online instead of from the command line on my system. Part of the reason is because I find it easier to browse this information on a browser on the Internet than ...
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Reading the man pages in my system with hyperlinks on a browser [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: How to follow links in linux man pages? I can read man pages online, but they are not necessarily the same that I have installed on my system (i.e. for the same ...
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Full text search for man pages

apropos works great for searching manual page names and descriptions. Is there a similar command for searching the entire contents of the manual pages?
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How to control the page parameters (margins, brochurisation) of `man -t` PostScript output?

I want to print several man pages as several booklets. I need to tweak the output of the man -t command so the resulting PostScript file will have the brochurised page numbering, pages must be ...